BLOG TOUR: Exclusive Excerpt from “The Fear” by C. L. Taylor

To celebrate the release of The Fear, the latest thriller by C.L. Taylor, I am excited to have an exclusive excerpt to wet your taste buds. I’ve just started reading this book and can honestly say that it is difficult to put down. Do check the book out, which is published by Avon books and is out now.


‘Oh for goodness sake!’ Wendy Harrison throws the duvet away from her and sits up in bed. She twists onto her knees and pounds her fists against the wall she shares with her neighbour. ‘Will … you … please … be … QUIET!’

It’s 2.34 a.m. and she has only had an hour’s sleep. When she turned off her bedside lamp, a little after eleven, she heard someone shouting and laughing outside. It was her neighbour, Jason Marsons, with a cackling blonde on his arm. They were returning, Wendy assumed from the way they swayed down the street, from the pub. Ten minutes later the music started up. A thumping electronic beat that shook her house. She went round immediately, with Monty in tow, and knocked on the flaking red door of number 31. Her neighbour, a young man in his mid to late twenties, opened the door with a gleeful look on his face. He took one look at Wendy, then his expression changed.

‘You again, seriously?’

‘It’s nearly twelve o’clock.’ Wendy glanced at her watch to prove her point. ‘And this isn’t the first time you’ve kept me awake with your noise.’

The man shrugged. ‘It doesn’t seem to bother the neighbour on the other side.’

‘That’s because he’s deaf,’ Wendy snapped. ‘And I, certainly, am not.’





by C. L. Taylor
Release Date: OUT NOW
Genre: Thriller


Sometimes your first love won’t let you go…

Lou Wandsworth is used to being headline news as, aged fourteen, she ran away to France with her 31-year-old teacher, Mike Hughes.

Now 32, Lou’s life is in tatters – and she resolves to return home to confront Mike for the damage he has caused. But she soon finds that Mike is unchanged, and is focussing his attention on 13-year-old Chloe Meadows.

Determined to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself, Lou decides to take matters into her own hands. But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as she tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that Lou could once again become his prey…

About the author: C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son. She started writing fiction in 2005 and her short stories have won several awards and have been published by a variety of literary and women’s magazines.

In 2014, The Bookseller named C.L. Taylor as one of the year’s Bestselling Adult Fiction Debut Authors for The Accident. The Lie and The Missing were Sunday Times top 10 bestsellers in paperback, and both books hit the #1 spot on the Kindle bestseller list. She has sold 1 million books to date.

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C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son. She is a three times Sunday Times bestseller and her books have hit the number one spots on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks and Google Play. Cally has a degree in Psychology, with particular interest in abnormal and criminal Psychology. She also loves knitting, Dr Who, Sherlock, Great British Bake Off and Margaret Atwood and blames Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected for her love of a dark tale.

Her dark psychological thriller THE ACCIDENT was published in the UK by Avon HarperCollins in April 2014 and as BEFORE I WAKE in the US in June 2014 by Sourcebooks.

Her second psychological thriller THE LIE was published in the UK in April 2015. It became a Sunday Times bestseller and hit the #1 slots on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play and Sainsbury ebooks. THE LIE was published in the U.S. by Sourcebooks.

CL’s third psychological thriller THE MISSING was published in April 2016 and was another Sunday Times and ebook bestseller. THE MISSING was published in the U.S. by William Morrow in 2017.

THE ESCAPE, her fourth psychological thriller, went to number 2 in the Sunday Times paperback chart in 2017 and won the Dead Good Books Most Unreliable Narrator award.

Her fifth psychological thriller THE FEAR will be published on 22nd March 2018.

THE TREATMENT, her Young Adult thriller, was the fastest selling UK YA debut of 2017.

Her international bestselling romantic comedies (written as Cally Taylor), HEAVEN CAN WAIT and HOME FOR CHRISTMAS were both published by Orion in the UK. They have been translated into 14 different languages, and her debut was voted ‘Debut Novel of the Year’ by and

In 2014 HOME FOR CHRISTMAS was made into a feature film by JumpStart Productions. For more information visit



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